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Grateful Dead Live at Fox Theatre on 1980-11-30

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Grateful Dead Live at Fox Theatre on 1980-11-30

Set 2

Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Samson And Delilah
Ship Of Fools
Playing In The Band ->
Drums ->
Space ->
The Wheel ->
China Doll ->
Around And Around ->
Johnny B. Goode

Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fox Theatre
Location Atlanta, GA

Source (FOB) Nakamichi 700 (With Bass EQ) -> Cassette Master (Sony D5M/TDK SA-X90/Dolby DB) D
Lineage Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1/Dolby B) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/96k) ->
Taped by Bob Wagner
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Disc change is seamless
-- Recorded front row center balcony
-- Thanks to Bob Wagner for lending me his masters
-- 1st Set had poor sound due to different location and wasn't transferred


Reviewer: Morgan B. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2013
Subject: Amazing tape and Amazing seats!
The first couple of rows in the balcony at the Fox are referred to as Loge seats, and consider yourself a lucky person if you ever get to see any kind of perfomance from these seats at the Fox. Seeing a show there as a young 19yr old changed my whole outlook on seeing shows, and I now consistently try for the 1-5 rows of any balcony.

God this tape sounds so GOOD!
Reviewer: BarryW2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2013
Subject: What a superb recording -
Thanks Dr Bob - it was a pleasure to meet you at the Kimock show here in Chicago 9/28. Thanks for everything you've done, all the music you have shared -
Reviewer: Wally Gator - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2013
Subject: Sweat show!
Dave's Picks will have a hard time topping this recording.
Reviewer: jlglex99 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 14, 2012
Subject: One of the Best Scarlet>Fire's Ever
Of this Scarlet>Fire, one reviewer once wrote:

"Unlike some of his less inspired performances during the 1990's; Jerry earns his title as 'Captain Trips' during this performance of Scarlet>Fire.

During this rendition of Scarlet Begonias, the band provides Dead Heads with the kind of musical experience that they live for: numerous perfectly executed musical crescendos that seem to float and glide through the air like a skier floats on virgin, 2 foot deep champagne powder in the rockies.

This musical ski-run is interspersed with cryptical lyrics like, "The Sky Was Yellow and the Sun Was Blue," which resonate emphatically through this lively audience, eliciting loving cheers from the lucky devotees who managed to attend this epic concert.

The main body, or 'meat', of this Scarlet Begonias would've been enough to satisfy most 1990's audiences; but this was no 1990's show. This show came from the early 1980's, when Jerry was in good health and still creatively active.

Jerry leads the band on several more musical cycles subsequent to the lyrical portion of the song. During each post-lyrical cycle, the music gains in intensity, volume, and tension until quietly resolving itself, as Jerry leads the band over the 'peak' of intensity and down into another trough.

Like a ski instructor executing perfect turns in 2 foot deep champagne powder, while his instructees follow closely behind, Jerry leads the boys through these muscial cycles until the the final 'peak' of this Scarlet Jam, during which the tension and intensity reach a final, incomprehensible crescendo.

There is an other worldly intensity and compression of the music at this point, as the band nears a musical cliff over which they have no choice but to go.

With little hesitation, Jerry leads the band straight off of this musical cliff, like a skier who, having completed his perfect powder turns, now jumps off of a cliff in a moment of suicidal ecstasy.

But, not to worry, bass player, Phil Lesh is ready to save the band from musical disaster. He takes over as the leader, guiding them softly and safely into the punchy and funky bassline of Fire on the Mountain. The tension of Jerry's final peak resolves, as the band lands safely and glides into a long and generous rendition of Fire on the Mountain.

The crowd cheers ecstatically as this transition to Fire on the Mountain is made seamlessly."
Reviewer: sumatra - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2011
Subject: blizzard in Atlanta
Fantastic recording! Very inspired jamming. It was obviously snowing backstage. Never heard such a long break between drums and space before. I guess the drummers wanted to get offstage to do some lines also before it was all gone.
Reviewer: Scott Savage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2011
Subject: Wheel
My best friend, Gus Gross, was at this show and taped it. He very well may have been patched out of Bob Wagner because the tapes sound so similar. I have always thought that the Scarlet/Fire was one of the best ever but the intro to the Wheel is some of the most beautiful sounds that I have ever heard from Garcia. Brent's organ rising in the background is the best ever too. I wish that the intro had been longer but nonetheless it is unsurpassed......I miss you, Gus.
Reviewer: whythehellnot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2011
Subject: first set available
I was at the show and have been waiting for the first set. It is now here and sounds better than i remember from third row center. Go get it
Reviewer: LiquidCity - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 4, 2010
Subject: The Fox's Den
"It's the best!"
"How bout singin' it?"
Then Jerry starts the first verse of Scarlet - check it out. Simply Amazing......
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 13, 2009
Subject: Grandiose
Perfect audience recording. Can't say enough about the performance, either. Scarlet>Fire freaks.....time to eddy out and roll one.
Reviewer: howzdasongo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2009
Subject: I was here...
I was a budding 17 y/o N.J. Deadhead. I had been to a handful of shows by this time, The first being Englistown NJ 1977. This is the first show that really blew my mind & squirted my brains out of my ears onto the balcony of The Fabulous Fox Theatre. It was like a lesson, transformation, & baptism by music all rolled into one. It was frightening, yet so incredibly beautiful. I will remember this til the day I die. I just listened to it for the first time since then & its like opening up a file in my mind. I sometimes wonder was it "REALLY that good?" This confirms it to me. What a time & place to be alive. This is a beautiful world indeed. Thank You to whoever put this up.
Reviewer: thebone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2009
Subject: Oh Atlanta!!
I saw the 7 Omni shows in 94-95, but oh how I would trade them all to have seen just this one! Excellent, excellent Scarlet>Fire...
Reviewer: average_joe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2008
Subject: Half a Show..... better than no show at all. Especially when it's a CM upgrade. For some reason, his shows just sound really good. This second set is well worth your time either downloading or just listening.
I gave it a spin while pondering the deeper meanings in life. Like, how do I properly fold my wife's thong underwear. Completely enjoyable time had by all.
Very heavy. Hang loose.
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